I don't mean to rude or anything, you seem like a very nice person but, how can you be 26 years old and be so into fandoms + find the time to read and write fanfiction, don't you work or go to school?
anon I’m sure you’re a lovely person so believe me I’m not being a bitch with this answer, but ;)
- I’ve been into fandoms since I was thirteen and I wrote my first fanfic at fourteen. back in the day I went to school every day bar weekend for five hours, in hs I went every day except sunday and maybe saturday some years for five or six hours and I had homework, and then I went to uni for six years, and I still managed to find plenty of time for fandom and fanfic. like. you manage time, it’s not too complicated. actually I wrote most of the fanfic I ever wrote in my life during university, I think I have like 400 fics on lj at least still, and I went to class and studied and took finals. actually I write less fanfic when I don’t have anything to do for reasons still unknown to me, but anyway.
- now I’m working/doing a traineeship/whatever and it’s sucking about 80% of my free time but like… okay so now I’m answering you right? at the same time I’m editing in photoshop pictures for the booklet that’s supposed to go to the refugees studying in the school I work/train at and I probably could watch some show I don’t particularly care for in the background if I felt like it. I can write fanfic ten minutes and switch to school planning for another ten. If I come home at six pm on monday I can watch got at six thirty and discuss it online through the evening.
- I can read fanfic on my phone while I go to work or before I go to bed. I can write it when I have spare time or in breaks from work or whatever. Same as reading books. I can think about what I’ll write in my fanfic while I go to work on the metro or so on. It’s called managing your free time.
- also like there’s people who are into fandoms who are twice my age. some of the first people I befriended in fandom back in the day were well into their forties and had been around fandom for ages. heck I used to be in old school bandom when I was seventeen, I was friends on lj with someone fifty who had three kids and it wasn’t weird or anything - we sent each other mail for that matter. I’ve been friends with people who were thrice my age back in the day. I’ve had some of my best conversations/exchanges/beta relationships with people fifteen years older than me who found time for fandom while writing their phd or teaching. I could go on for ages for that matter.
- heck, I’ve just been to a SPN convention and like there are people who’ve gone for the last seven years same as me who are way into their fifties. I’m fairly sure there’s someone from england who has to be retired by now. for the first five rounds there was a whole family coming - father, daughter and possibly the mother at some point. I’ve seen a lot of people older than forty and younger than me. like they’re older than the actors they’re getting pictures taken with. and guess what, no one cares. we all love the same people/show, we’re there to have fun, so what if they’re not fourteen anymore?
- like, I don’t get what’s so strange about people older than idk nineteen or out of college (which is still school btw) being into fandoms. fandoms are places you’re supposed to enjoy yourself in and talk about something you like and share it with others. like if I asked you ‘how can some guy be older than twenty-five and find the time to follow fifteen different european championships, go to football games every two weeks or every week if they follow the team, talk about his friends about the results for the entire next week’ and the likes it would be the exact same question, but somehow following sports is something that no one questions how you find time for, but writing fanfic should be?
- furthermore: it’s not like there’s a set age to stop enjoying fictional stuff. like, there isn’t an expiration date on being into ships or fanfics or shows or the likes. like, I know you don’t mean to be rude but the gist of that question is ‘how can you be into fandom when you’re 26 that’s old’ and like it’s not… old at all? I’m not even thirty. sure I’ve been into fandom more than half of my life. I’d never change it tbh. but like I’m at what, one third of my lifespan hopefully? does that mean my expiration date already arrived and from this point on I can’t enjoy fictional stuff or writing fanfic or reading it? then what about people who enjoy it at fifty? (spoiler alert: some of the best porn I’ve ever read in my life came from people older than thirty-five. thank fuck it existed or mine would have been entirely more horrid.) people can have children and find time for fanfic or fandom. it’s called time managing. same as people can work or have kids and find time to go to sports games or music gigs or have nephews probably and watch supernatural. and so what? it’s cool. it’s a hobby.
- not even going into fandom: at my first bruce springsteen concert I was in line with this fifty-something year old woman behind me. she was a huge fan since the eighties and never could see him live. her niece who was like - I was sixteen, she was twenty-something - had brought her as a birthday present even if she didn’t care for springsteen. we then ended up sitting with her one row behind me and I can 100% swear to you that she was every bit as enthusiastic as I was as it was both our first bruce concert and at the end we were both crying and it made zero difference. at my last springsteen concert I was in third row and in second there was a sixty year-old woman who camped there for the whole day and at some point called her son to go like ‘listen dinner is to be heated like this and that if you call later because you’re useless you’re on your own I’m seeing bruce bye’. and behind me there was a thirty-somethings couple who brought along their five year old kid who was as excited about bruce as all of us. enjoying things or people or music doesn’t have an expiration date. I’ll still be reading and writing fanfic when I’m into my thirties probably and I’ll enjoy every moment of it. and I won’t think I’m old except when I see people complaining that *old people* are in fandom spoiling their fun when we actually do want to have fun ourselves. (this isn’t aimed at you it’s more of a general attitude I see on tumblr and tbh when you’re old past early twenties according to people then idk what to tell you.)
tldr: because I manage my time and I find it for things I like. even if I work or go to school. and fandoms/participating in fandoms doesn’t have expiration dates. :)